What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a common health complaint that affects women more than men. It gives the sensation that the room is spinning even though you are still!! This happens when you move your head. For example: turning in bed, getting out of bed, looking up and/or lying on one side
This room spinning sensation usually lasts less than a minute. It may recur multiple times in a day or during weeks or years with periods of relief. It is important to know that people with this type of dizziness are generally well. They are not sick or flu like.
Some people may have heard of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is the name given to the most common type of vertigo. When a particle the equivalent of a piece of sand floats into the wrong canal in the inner ear this can cause vertigo. We have 3 canals in our inner ears. Generally the cause of this happening is unknown. Vertigo becomes more common as we get older.
What can I do about it?
At Southside Physiotherapy Clinic, we can assess and confirm whether you have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Patients who are suffering with BPPV are often missed or misdiagnosed. So getting the correct diagnosis is really important. Frequently patients trying to get better from vertigo are just put on medication to try and disguise the dizziness. This does not get at the root cause of their problem.
If you have it, do not despair as it responds really well to treatment. The treatment involves tilting the head in different positions to send the offending particle back into the correct canal in your ear. You are then given exercises to do at home. These exercises are simple. They take less than 5 minutes to do. People with BPPV have also been known to try a bit of DIY at home!!! This is not advised as a full assessment to determine where their problem is and which maneuver is best suited to get them better.